EGAM is sustaining its efforts to take part in the grassroots actions in favour of the welcome of the refugees in Europe! In May, it supported a donation campaign held by a group of young citizens of Hénin-Beaumont, determined to help the refugees living one hundred kilometres away, in Calais. While Hénin-Beaumont elected in 2014 a leader of the far-right party Front National as new mayor, citizens are getting involved to make values of solidarity and equality as present as possible in public space. In addition to political and logistical support, the whole coordination staff of EGAM joined the local activists on May 28 and 29 to bring the donations to the association l’Auberge des Migrants/Help Refugees and to volunteer in its warehouse.
EGAM’s and Hénin-Beaumont’s activists joined the dozens of international volunteers to sort and pack clothes, check tents, prepare meals, cut off pallets to make firewood… More than 3,500 refugees are still living in the so-called “Jungle” of Calais, in spite of the eviction of a large part of the unofficial camp led by the French state in March. There are twenty different nationalities in the Calais refugee community, including Afghans, Sudanese, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Pakistanis, Syrians, Iranians and Iraqi Kurds. The refusal of the government of the United Kingdom to welcome more refugees and the inadequate policies of the French government (evictions) force the migrants to live in a highly precarious situation. Therefore, their survival relies to a large extent on the support of local NGOs.
In March a first collection of donations had been held. A delegation of young European activists invited by EGAM to the training seminar/film festival Sarajevo-sur-Seine spent two days in Hénin-Beaumont and Calais to meet and support the local volunteers and the refugees. In return, Hénin-Beaumont’s activists joined their European counterparts in Paris to take part together in Sarajevo-sur-Seine Film Festival. EGAM’s next training session of young leaders will take place on August 12-20 upon Sarajevo Film Festival, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Lundi 13 Mars à 18h30 à l'@Inalco, rencontre-dédicace avec Marcel Courthiade, autour de sa dernière publication "Petite histoire du peuple rrom. Première diaspora historique de l'Inde".
Wednesday 24th April - the day of the Armenian genocide - we reunited in Istanbul to commemorate all the Armenian victims.
Let's not forget Armenian people's sufferings- it is important to acknowledge such a tragedy so that in the future no one will ever deny it
Today,MP Garo Paylan explained us how Turkey is no longer a democratic country and how the Armenian genocide intertwines with the current situation with Kurdish people's sufferings
#ArmenianGenocide #freedomofspeech #memory #justice #truth #commemoration #democracy #humanrights
Stand up with us for human rights!
We are honoured for the presence of @BenjaminAbtan Pres. of EGAM, @GaroPaylan @HDPgenelmerkezi MP , @CLAPOTMireille French MP , @JoseFariaMEP MEP , @CelikkanMurat @hakikatadalet , @sporadon Moawia Ahmed , @agbueurope AGBU , @yuliazakutnia
As the meetings go on, it's fundamental to raise awareness on the Armenian Genocide.
Indeed, Academics for Peace joined us , as well as Celine from AGBU, Armenian Journalist Arshaluis Mgdesyan, Yulia Zakutnia from the Institute for Partnership and Sustainable Development.